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for policy to catch up with reality. that was the message that leon panetta said today as he lifted a ban on women serving in combat. acknowledge in the sacrifices which have already been made by both sexes, he talked of a future where everyone would be given the opportunity to serve in front line rolls. what's the next greatest generation will be one of men and women who will fight and die together to protect this nation. that is what freedom is all about. >> leon panetta there. what do these changes mean and how does the u.s. military compare with other countries like britain? our defense correspondent has a closer look. >> thousands of women in the u.s. military had been facing daily dangers on the front line in iraq and afghanistan. when it comes to the fighting, it has mostly been done by men. women have been trained to kill but prevented from joining infantry units. the senior military commander confesses this makes little sense. >> women are fighting, they are dying, and have shown have great skills. the one thing they will probably look at is not changing training standards to acc
brennan as head of the cia. >> the president of the united states, leon panetta, chuck hagel, and mr. le john brennan. >> as president and commander in chief, my most solemn obligation is the security of the american people. we have met that responsibility. by ending the war in iraq, a transition to afghanistan, and decimating the al qaeda core, and taking out osama bin laden. by disrupting terrorist plots, saving countless american lives. among an outstanding team i am especially grateful to leon panetta who has lead the cia and our military. you have more than earned the right to return to civilian life. i have much more to say about his distinguished service in the days ahead. today i want to convey the eternal gratitude. thank you so much. i also want to thank michael who has earned the admiration of all of us who have worked with them all will across the government and here in the white house. in moments of transition he has guided the cia with a steady hand as acting director not once but twice. he is a consummate professional. everybody who works with him across agencies consider
touchy between the dni and the director of the cia first with leon panetta and then with david petraeus because of that relationship to the white house. i actually think this one will work pretty well. i think he will let john run the cia, and he will let john dive into some of these detailed intelligence questions. it can be a little bit hard when the director of the cia who reports has had relationships with the white house, but ultimately i think that relationship to the white house is so important to the president for having the cia i don't think there's any way around that, and i think both john and jim who know each other well have worked together a lot. that should be really quite a positive relationship. >> this is hillary clinton getting a joke gift. that is protective head gear in case you ever need protection from another fall. it is a football helmet with the state department seal. you can see she's vemp back -- we're excited to see that. >> i read in the "new york times" i am sharing this because i was stunned by it. the amount of travel she has done as secretary of state.
. -- android and other devices. today, leon panetta will and the ban on women serving in combat. the announcement is certain to drop both -- dropped both protests and praise. >> lifting the ban on women in combat is exactly what this maryland reservist with dr. when she and others sued the pentagon last year to do away with the pan -- was after last year when she and others sued the pentagon to do away with the ban. leon panetta, the outgoing director, follows a decade of war. >> women have been fighting in these combat roles for a long time. they just have not been getting the credit for it. they have not been earning what is due to them because of it and they have not been able to be promoted. >> not everyone thinks it is a good idea. >> it is needed. correct the damage is -- has been in place since 1984. -- >> began has been in place in 1994. correct new at noon, baltimore police release the identity on milton north avenue tuesday night. happen in the 600 blogger 9:30 p.m. tuesday night. officers discovered 32-year-old justin lee milton shot. he was taken to the hospital wher
for the military from an announcement by the pentagon. leon panetta lifted the ban on women in combat. >> it was a move recommended by the joint chiefs of staff. sally kidd has more on the coming changes from our washington bureau. >> the defense secretary says not all women may be able to qualify to be a combat soldier, but all deserve the chance. a history making moment for women in the military. >> we are eliminating the direct ground combat exclusion rule for women. >> and lifting the ban, defense secretary leon panetta says women have already faced the realities of combat. >> if they can meet the qualifications involved here, there is no reason why they should not have a chance. >> the move will open up more than 230,000 battlefront post previously off limits to women. >> this is really an incredible and very significant move for us, and the changes more a cultural one. >> military analysts say the most important component of the new policy will be determining gender neutral standards. there are practical concerns, too. >> did have the appropriate housing for them? how they integ
to the podium with nominees. and leon panetta behind him. let's listen in. >> as president and commander-in-chief, my solemn concern is the american people. over the past few years, we met that responsible by ending the war in iraq, transitioning into afghanistan, decimating the al qaeda core and taking out osama bin laden. by disrupting terrorist plot and saving can countless american lives. among an outstandings national security team, i'm especially grateful to leon panetta who led the cia and military with incredible skill. leon, after nearly five decades of service, you have more than earned the right to return to civilian life. i'll have much more to say about leon's distinguished service in the days ahead. today i simply want to convey to you and sylvia, the eternal gratitude of the entire nation. thank you so much, leon. i also want to thank michael month relo. in moments of transition he's guided the cia with a steady hand as acting director. not once, but twice. and he is a consummate professional. as i said, everybody in the white house who works with him, everybody across age
of the things that leon panetta brought to the post and still does is the fact he hadn't spent time running the c.i.a. in countries like iran where intelligence is scarce, and we're looking at turmoil in syria as well, especially with russia getting involved by bringing in assets, that's something that he doesn't have. so what do you think chuck hagel would bring? what will be president obama's argument to congress in terms of these hearings that chuck hagel uniquely can bring to that post? >> at one point it was thought that what president obama was seeking was a republican who could help sell difficult defense budget cuts to fellow republicans but that's gone by the boards. i don't see any visible evidence of republican support for their former colleague in the senate. and one of the things that's awkward about this is that we have secretary leon panetta, wht with no timetable. you have a lame duck secretary of defense, hard to make decisions, uncertainty about the future. if barney frank because the interim democratic senator from massachusetts when john kerry is confirmed as secretary o
breath stevens and matt comiskey joins the panel. and matt, we had leon panetta, bob carey and hillary clinton as secretary of state. and very different choices in mindset and stature than these three. what defines this new team. i think it's pretty much defined by a couple of things. much more dovish, should america be involved in the world beyond, how assertive should we be. chuck hagel throughout his career in the senate and afterwards. almost a viewpoint that we-- >> despite being a republican. >> absolutely, and i think that's what's misleading here in a way. he doesn't agree with the mainstream republican party, he's being put forward as a bipartisan sort of pick, but throughout his time in public office he says we cannot shape events overseas and we shouldn't get embroiled in the problems in the middle east or challenge russia or china on human rights or democracy and i think that john kerry is pretty much the same way. >> paul: right. >> different from hillary clinton who has at times been much more hawkish. >> paul: the white house would say, john brennan led the counterterro
reached the last chapter in its goal to ensure afghanistan can look after its own security. leon panetta has been meeting the afghan president in washington. karzai also met hillary clinton, and he is due to hold talks with barack obama. we have more from washington. >> u.s. troop levels, u.s. financial aid, and political support for the afghan central government. those are some of the key issues dominating the agenda as hamid karzai continues his visit to washington. he has already met with leon panetta to talk specifically about the u.s. forces that would be necessary after the official end of the war of the end of 2014. the question will be what kind of responsibility will the troops have and what kind of legal protection will they have to carry out their mission. one thing the u.s. is keen to improve as the afghan security forces are capable of providing for national security across the country, but there are some critics who suggest this may be optimistic talk, given one out of the 23 decisions, just one is capable of carrying out of this sort of security without support and guidanc
now, senior officials say that leon panetta, the defense secretary, decided to lift a ban about women in combat. it will make available hundreds of thousands of jobs. women are part of the active military personnel in america. and a suicide bombing at a mosque at the capital of baghdad. explosives inside the mosque south of kirkuk. a funeral was taking place at the time of the attack. russia says it is not planning large-scale evacuation of its citizens from syria despite the crisis there. many were flown back to moscow on monday. there are tens of thousands of russian citizens in syria. it is said that not all of them were accounted for. and glaciers in the indies have shrunk by about 40%. many in the south american region could melt away altogether. researchers blamed a rise in temperature for what they call an unprecedented retreat. now come to israel, where talks are already underway about building a new coalition government. put they's ballot alliance led by benjamin netanyahu -- and left him in a substantially weaker position. there is a young, centrist party. we have this repor
leon panetta has lifted the ban on women serving in common -- combat. >> as an army sergeant taylor took part in one of the earliest invasions of iraq in 2003. she was side-by-side with men as an arabic translator, often in dangerous situations. this veteran says that women have been serving in formally and combat roles for more than a decade. a time has come for it to be made official. >> this is a tremendous validation of all the honorable service that we have already been performing, by making the policy catch up to the reality on the ground. >> today, leon panetta made a historic change to women's role in the military. he lifted the ban on women serving in combat. >> i believe it is the responsibility of every citizen to protect the nation. and every citizen who can meet the qualifications of service should have that opportunity. >> today's announcement means that more than 230,000 battlefront posts are now open to women. that means more opportunities for women who plan to make the military their career. in washington today, there was support for this new policy. >> it is overdu
're dropping the biggest barrier to combat roles yet. the [bleep] and balls requirement. >> leon panetta announced the military will let women serve in front line combat units including infantry, armor, artillery even potentially special forces >> jon: wow. first gays, now women. what's next? noncitizens? oh, really? for hundreds of years before both those other groups? the point is to it's a major policy shift. there are bound to be detractors >> there are certain anatomical facts about upper body strength. your 6'4 ," 240 pound marine you're injured and you need the marine next to you carry back to safety. your the marine next to you is a 5'4 "women who weighs 115 pounds. >> jon: you're going to have tons and tons. (mumbling) with their wee little hands and their wee little feet. have you ever seen them eat. they pick up a dinner roll like this. and a tine he little sharp teeth. wait a minute. i'm thinking of mice. mice should not be serving in the military. no matter how adorable they might be. sergeant whiskers, i can't napalm you. as for the woman are too weak eument it would be a b
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of the job. leon panetta said he does not the day-to-day operations dramatically if we go over the fiscal cliff. the planning has begun for a layoffs. government civilian furloughs could impact to 800,000 workers. we're learning more about a crash to second involving prince william county. yung died a short time colliding with a minivan bristow. withe witness we spoke describes a chaotic scene. could see people trying to the police officer. it was hard to see through the smoke and flames. >> i thought it was going to explode. moments after he collided minivan, and nearby drivers snapped this picture. >> they were shooting out of the window. e front end of the car, everything. >> she rushed over from a nearby store and into the chaos. >> we saw the flames of the car. >> the man they were trying to save was prince william county chris yung.er he was writing to a separate when i minivan turning left pulled in front of the 35- year-old. somehow, the minivan driver was not injured. the seven-year veteran did not survive his injuries. they do not know if they are to come home. >> it is tragic.
hagel. the president's choice to succeed leon panetta as the next secretary of defense. hagel faces questions from the 26-member panel and at least three republicans on this committee have already said they won't support him including the ranking senator james inhofe. he made that clear in his opening statement. now it is extremely rare for presidential nominees not to be confirmed, are and are senator dick durbin, the senate whip, said all 55 members of the senate democratic caucus will vote for him. so, in order to break the filibuster, he'd need the support of just five republicans. and one republican senator, thad cochrane, has expressed his support. let's bring in "time" magazine's assistant med tore and "washington post" columnist and msnbc contributor. we've already gotten a little preview as we heard from inhofe what some of the discussion is going to be about. what are you looking for here, e.j.? >> first of all, i think hagel is actually in pretty good shape. i think a critical event in this whole battle was when he met with senator chuck schumer and schumer gave his bless
in his final act as defense secretary leon panetta will announce today he's lifting the ban on women serving in combat, a move that's long overdue, over 20,000 women have already served in combat in iraq and afghanistan. 131 of them giving their lives in those two wars. and if you don't believe that women are ready for armed combat just watch hillary clinton's testimony yesterday before senate republicans. man, she showed the way! all right. all of that and a lot more here on today's "full court press." but first, we get the latest, she does combat for us every morning, lisa ferguson out in los angeles. hi lisa. good morning. >> hey bill. i don't know if i quite do combat but i do the news. good morning everyone. vice president joe biden is holding a talk on gun violence today. it is a modern-day version of roosevelt's fireside chat only this will be a google fireside hangout. the online meeting starts at 1:45 eastern this afternoon and lasts for half an hour. biden will be alongside venture capital ist guy wysocki and phil defranco. they're discussing the new policies on curbing gun
and specialops units. defense secretary leon panetta making the announcement official. that will happen in the next hour. barbara starr, the black berry e-mail went buzzing at the same time. it was quite surprising for this. we know that this has been an on going struggle, if you will, for some women fighting for this. but for this to happen, did it surprise you, as well? >> i think inside military circles this had all been afoot for some time. they were conducting some trial runs, if you will, seeing if women could pass some of the physical fitness courses that would be required. the marines had two women washed out. so not a huge surprise. and you have to remember panetta is about to leave office. he wants to get this done before he goes. >> the reaction so far? i know a lot of of course female, those in the military very happy and somewhat surprised by this. is that the uniform reaction to this? >> i think that most people in the military think it is inevitable that this step would be taken but there is a wide range of opinion. i have heard from military women this morning who are ve
colleagues. the 1994 ban on women in combat gone. with defense secretary leon panetta announcing he is going to eliminate the ban. and one of the most powerful women in the world, secretary of state hillary clinton took fire as she answered questions about the attacks in benghazi that killed four americans, including ambassador chris stevens and she not only exhibited strength she also displayed raw emotion. >> for me this is not just a matter of policy. it's personal. i stood next to president obama as the marines care rid those flag-draped caskets off of the plane at andrews. i put my arms around the mothers and fathers, the sister and brothers, the sons and daughters, and the wives left alone to raise their children. >> jennifer: it is truly touching. though many republicans seemed more concerned with making a name for themselves on national television than with investigating how hopes to americans were killed. some of the biggest fireworks came from what the state department told the public following the incident. they said it was perpetrated bay group o
two-term senator from nebraska, chuck hagel. the nominee to succeed leon panetta are for defense secretary. he's tried to pave the way by meeting with at least 60 different senators. he's also had meetings with pan pap, panetta, of course. let's listen to chuck hagel. >>> thank you, chairman levin, ranking member inhofe, and distinguished members of the committee. i am honored to come before you today as the president's nominee to be secretary of defense. first, as you suggested, mr. chairman, let me introduce my family. my wife lily beth, my son zar and daughter ali are not with us. our son claims he's taking a test. we'll confirm that later. but both our son and daughter that we are very, very proud of, and i think, like any proud father and any proud mother, you all know how i feel about that as you have the same feelings about your children. it's the same way we feel about ours. i also want to introduce my brother tom who served with me in vietnam. my brother mike who is our number three brother and, i might add, who actually possesses any talent our family has. he has in the
of a decision on iran. leon panetta, the defense secretary, current defense secretary, told me he thinks we have more time than that. the u.s. isn't on the same page as israel. isn't it just the reality that america doesn't want a war at all? there wouldn't be the political will for it anyway. >> i don't think anybody does. do we ever really want war? i don't think that's the case, erin. i think the issue here is that most peopldon't realize that we have been negotiating with iran for nearly a decade on their nuclear program. 2003, when it was finally, the world finally became aware of iran's nuclear program which didn't come from the iranian government, by the way. it came from another group. so i mean, we've made no progress. the centrifuges keep spinning. sanctions haven't really worked. we've had -- they've had little effect, although they have some effect but no effect on changing the policy of iran. so you know, the question is can you live with a nuclear iran or are you going to have to take some sort of action, perhaps a military action, to deal with it. that's the tough question and tha
. and republicans are the national defense and democrats are not. >> leon panetta is secretary of defense now and he has put himself between bob gates and chuck hagel. but the second thing, and i mean this as no negative. this are very qualified, competent people in the democratic party who are more than competent to run the department of defense. that said, the democrats, many of them that came in with president obama, that were also part of the concern that americans don't trust democrats to deploy power, to be forceful in the world have adopted in many of the institutions they have built in the last four to five to six years a pentagon-hugging strategy of not wanting to reform or cut because of the fear that they will be considered vietnam democrats, anti-military democrats. so to send in a republican in an era of austerity to slash budgets and to basically send a message that at the end of this, we're going to apply intelligence and technology to our security platforms and come out with more security deliverables, even though we're spending less is something that i think president obama thinks a
and gentlemen, the president of the united states accompanied by leon panetta, chuck hagel, and john brennan. >> good afternoon. please have a seat. >> as president and commander in chief, my most solemn obligation is the security of the american people. we have met that responsibility. by ending the war in iraq, a transition to afghanistan, and decimating the al qaeda core, and taking out osama bin laden. by disrupting terrorist plots, saving countless american lives. among an outstanding team, i am especially grateful to leon panetta who has led the cia and our military. after nearly five decades of service, you have more than earned the right to return to civilian life. i have much more to say about his distinguished service in the days ahead. today i want to convey the eternal gratitude. the entire nation. thank you so much. i also want to thank michael who has earned the admiration of all of us who have worked with them across the government and here in the white house. in moments of transition he has guided the cia with a steady hand as acting director not once but twice. he is a consu
leon panetta issued a warning to those running training camps. >> terrorists should be on notice. that they will find no sanctuary, no refuge, not in algeria, not in north africa, not anywhere. >> reporter: so far, this al qaeda group has been focused in africa. but counterterrorism officials are concerned that if these training camps continue to flourish, their ambitions may expand. libya is right on the southern shore of the mediterranean. and officials are concerned that militants could try for an attack in europe or european militants could come to libya, get training, and then try to carry out an attack back home. erin? >> thanks very much to chris lawrence. fran townsend as former home land counterterrorism advisor to george bush. stewart holladay, special political affairs at the united nations. stewart, let me start with you. in chris' reporting there there was a sound bite from president obama from a very different time. but that sound bite, he said libya is a success, it's a lesson in success of how to do these things. was that premature, given what chris lawrence just
will replace leon panetta, the director of the cia and take over for general david petraeus who resigned over an extra marital affair. >>> secretary of state hillary rodham clinton resumed work today and received a football helmet to protect her from another head injury. she fell after becoming dihydrated and developed a concussion. >>> california lawmakers are back at the state capital hold be super majorities in both houses for the first time in 30 years. the legislature recessed for the holidays and the super majority means democrats can pass legislation without a single republican vote. as the legislation opens, it includes higher education funding and healthcare reforms. >>> a dog grooming van crashes into a business in san jose and we will tell you what happened to this vehicle just before this happened and what it means for the store. >>> rosemary is up in a few minutes and she will tell us about some cold temperatures headed this way. >> they are the hottest tickets to get but if they are looking for 49ers tickets, that is coming up after the break. . >>> california highway patrol is
. if confirmed, chuck hagel would replace leon panetta. the group of u.s. banks has agreed to pay more than $19 billion to settle complaints stemming from the 2008 mortgage crisis. the group includes bank of america, which also agreed to a separate settlement. delegates from the government of the central african republic it had postponed their departure for peace talks with rebels. they were due to begin on tuesday. journalists at a leading chinese newspaper have gone on strike as disputes over press freedom. it is known for its investigative journalism. the street, and editorial column was changed by a sensor. -- last week, an editorial column was changed by a sensor. >> renowned for serious investigations and testing the limits of censorship, it is at the center of a dispute over freedom. the censorship of its editorial that called the political reform into a tribute and to ruling party has enraged many of the paper's journalists and its readers. >> this act of suppressing the freedom of the press should be changed but otherwise, it is gone to be detrimental to the public interest. >> i am he
very personally and even became emotional during the hearing. pentagon chief leon panetta is removing the military's ban on women serving in combat. that move will open up hundreds of thousands of front-line positions. also - the possibility of elite commando jobs. it's a ground-breaking move -- and panetta's decision gives the military until january of 20-16 to argue any special exceptions. but some of the jobs could open as soon as this year. >> ofthe oakland city council approved four crime- fighting measures this morning. including a controversial measure to hire a top cop as a consultant. the council voted 7 to 1 after four hours of public comment.as concerned residents packed the council chamber. former new york and los angeles police chief william bratton is known for his controversial tactics. also for his previouis successes in reducing crime. one of his strategies is stop and frisk, which many are opposed to. oakland police chief howard jordan says that is not something they plan on implementing. >> that is not something that we will be implementing. our policy is reasonable
views on iran, israel and nuclear weapons. if confirmed, he would succeed leon panetta. >> following a story from alabama where a standoff in the rural part of the state has now gone into a second full day. in an underground bunker, a retired truck driver is holding a 5-year-old hostage. he shot a school bus driver then took the young boy off the school bus. police say the boy is ok but the man apparently has enough provisions to last at least a month in the bunker. >> as the nation debates gun- control, there is a continued push from the people of newtown connecticut. at a crowded town hall yesterday, parents of the victims spoke about moving the legislation through congress. meanwhile, one school district northeast of newtown, has hired armed guards. officials call it a temporary solution to a long term debate. >> once an intruder gets into the building, to have someone qualified and trained to deal with that intruder. >> the school district says it has the money in its budget to cover the guards and the town has also agreed to cover some of the cost. there will be an emotional mom
the weapons. >> leon panetta is lifting the ban on women in combat. women are already serving and dying over seas. more than 800 were wounded in afghanistan. women won't be able to meet the physical requirements and it will week the military the critics say. >> it is more than a decade of war they have demonstrated courage and skill and patriotism. >> this new policy will be implementment in the next three years. and branches of service can ask for specific exemptions. >> boeing's dream line says that systems designed to prevent battery fires on the 787 did not work. they are looking toing to see if the batteries came from the same batch. the investigation continues tonight to find a cause. >> these events should not happen as far as design of the aircraft, there are multiple systems to protect against a battery event like this. those systemings did not work as intended. we need to understand why. >> the dream liners has been grounded until the investigation is complete. >> senator john kerry says it is up to iran to prove its nuclear program. he made the
today an historic change in policies regarding female service members. defense secretary leon panetta will lift a long serving a ban on women serving in combat. women could soon be eligible for jobs on the front line or with a lead commando unit. a woman reservist to file the lawsuit praised the move. >> if it was to keep us safer, i am living proof it does not keep us safer. >> critics question whether women have the strength and stamina for the job and whether their presence would hurt units of togetherness. >> there is a confirmation hearing today for john kerry president obama's choice to be the next secretary of state. john kerry says he will divest holdings in dozens of companies in order to avoid possible conflicts of interest. >> that a heated exchange involving secretary clinton. she was defiant at times during her testimony on the u.s. consulate attack in benghazi. >> we have no doubt they were terrorists. there were militants, they attacked us, killed our people off. but what was going on and why they were doing what they were doing -- >> we were misled that there were prot
moved on to the compound. defense secretary leon panetta tells abc2 news, the situation has been chaotic. >> americans ought to be assured that we will take all necessary and proper steps to deal with this situation. >> reporter: intelligence officials believe this man is behind the attack, also known as mr. marl bro. the rogue al qaeda leader has made tens of millions in ransoms for kidnapping and smuggling. there are concerns other attacks may be in the works. >> we want to make sure any of our citizens and companies are reviewing their security practices. >> reporter: the state department says it has been in contact with the american hostages family. reporting from los angeles. >>> colorado movie theater where a gunman killed will be reopened today. aurora's mayor said the community survey showed overwhelming support for opening the theater. 2,000 tickets were sent to victims and their families but some are boycotting the event. >> the fact that we are being used as pawns by telling the public, well, look, the family members of this massacre came back and it's okay for them to come ba
of combat. outgoing secretary of defense leon panetta is expected to lift the exclusive -- exclusivity ban. it is an opportunity but is also stirring controversy. >> today the pentagon will announce it is listing the -- lifting the two-decade and of not having women on combat role. recently the front lines of or have been blurred. women already make up 40% of the 1.5 million active-duty personnel. more than 100 women have died in afghanistan and iraq. congressman tami duckworth was a helicopter pilot who lost both her legs serving in iraq. >> women have been in combat. in fact, many have been awarded the purple heart and combat action bench, both of after engaging in direct fire from enemy forces. >> under the new policy, womenwill officially be able to depart as infantry units and special forces so long as they meet the physical requirements. >> there is no more nobler mission and a dominant uniforms of our armed services and go into harm's way for america. >> three-quarters of americans support women serving in combat, but there are critics. one young enlisted soldier says that this chan
secretary, replacing leon panetta. he also nominated john brennan to lead the cia. both hagel and brennan will face senate confirmation hearings, and republicans are saying both nominees could face congressional opposition. >>> now, hagel would take over for leon panetta who lives in monterey. panetta talked about life after the pentagon. >> the time has come for me to return to my wife, silvia, our three sons, their families, our six grandchildren, and my walnut farm. dealing with a different set of nuts. >> panetta has served as secretary of defense since 2011. his legny will include overseeing the troop drawdown in afghanistan, the trimming of the defense budget and the death of osama bin laden. >>> a gag gift greeted secretary of state hillary clinton when she got back to work at the state department today. you see this picture here? mrs. clinton got a football helmet with the state department logo on the side. secretary clinton has not made any public appearances since early december when she fell, hit her head and sustained a concussion. hence the helmet. she was released from the h
as it has been going on. what about cyber war? leon panetta said last month that we are at a pre 9/11 moment when it comes to cyber war. he said there are people he was he did not say it. iran had just engaged on an attack of the saudi arabia company wiping clean 30,000 computers. it was the largest attack so far seen. and the iranians had been behind on a serious of u.s. banks, ten times larger thanning the seen before. it knocked u.s. banks offline one day, one bank after another. if the united states and israel bomb iran next year to stop the nuclear program i think we can say with high confidence that iran will retaliate. since israel or united states have attacked their homeland iran will attack in our homeland. not with terrorism but with cyber war, knocking out banking prehaps, electricity, causing havoc and getting away with it because we cannot defend successfully today against that kind of attack. [applause] >> that's a sobering thought to start a conversation with. as it happened, there were two pages in this week's "economists" that you should have on this subject on cyber war an
defense secretary leon panetta. the obama administration homeland security -- rather national security adviser nominated to become the next central intelligence agency director, taking of the poster designed by general david patraeus after his affair with his biographer was disclosed. appointments follow the president's december 21st nomination of senator john kerry to replace hillary clinton as the secretary of state. the president is considering a new job for ambassador to the united nations susan rice. may become the next national security advisor if all the appointments are confirmed. we will have carried out an almost total revamping of his national security team. >> confident that judge will be an outstanding secretary of defense and brennan will be an outstanding director of the central intelligence agency. may understand that we are only successful because of the folks up and down the line in these respective institutions. the folks on the ground who are oftentimes putting their lives at risk for us. and oftentimes removed from washington and politics. lou: some members of the
defense secretary leon panetta expected to make a big announcement today more on historic change coming to the military. we are seeing a lingering wet weather across the bay area this morning of full check of your forecast is 6:15 a.m.. plus a challenge to an york's ban on big shimmery drinks and so does, why the restaurant and recesses on unconstitutional at 6:26 a.m.. antheython'tone e bennernnfor fong.ng give ave couploubegibeerserd theythl gol o who e the can cl thsavisas,s, anthe thpplipp the tneedne to gtofromfreginegng..ng to dtong..ng. to bea bifulif don d mo sav sg.g. moremooingoi th's t's pow p of o thhop ght ghw thw sha sr var typ tycabicatt is a s acialciuy auyjustjue ne hured,reinetinnineniollaol.. call (llar sarr)thr)to stop nop mommy! i went potty! that's great, honey.... where? for life's bleachable moments. >> welcome back in a big expansannouncement expected from washington today from pentagon chief leon panetta who will announce that he is removing the military's ban on women serving in combat. the move will open up hundreds of thousands of front-line positions. but
said he will block hagel unless current secretary of defense leon panetta testifies about the attacks in benghazi. anne-marie? that susan mcginnis in washington. thank you. >>> well, on the "cbs moneywatch," a surprise setback in the fourth quarter, and no change for boeing's batteries. ashley morrison is here in new york with that and more. good morning, ashley. >> good morning to you, anne-marie. the u.s. economy shrank unexpectedly during the fourth quarter of last year. it contracted by a 0.1% partly because of big cuts in defense spending and the impact of superstorm sandy. it's a decline since the recession started but economists see this as a one-time dip. for all of 2012 the economy expanded at more than 2%. >>> asian markets were mostly lower following some disappointing earnings. hong kong's hang seng lost half a percent while tokyo's nikkei bucked the trend adding a quarter percent to add to a 33-month high. worries about a slowdown with wall street after a month of gains. the dow fell 44 points to close at 13,910. the nasdaq also fell 11 points. >>
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